AFFTON (KMOV.com) – An Affton family is asking for stricter laws when it comes to animal attacks after their 5-year-old Rottweiler was attacked by their neighbors’ dogs.

Nicole Thomas heard her dog Bella crying outside and ran outside to find the neighbors’ dogs biting her dog.

“One would bite her ear, the other would bite her throat,” said Thomas.

She ran to try to break it up and after multiple attempts, finally freed her dog. Bella had multiple puncture wounds and Thomas had a bite on her arm. The dogs escaped their yard by busting through the fence.

St. Louis County Animal Control took the dogs the next morning and have them in quarantine. But Lee Jackson, the Director of the St. Louis County Animal Control, says the dogs will be returned on October 14 because it’s their first offense.

Jackson says the dogs will be deemed dangerous. The owners will have to pay $400 in fines for violations of county ordinances. They will also have to shore up their fence and they will have to install “dangerous dog” signs on their fence.

But Thomas is upset that the dogs will return.

“Now I have to worry for my dog every time I put her out in my own backyard, just for her safety. I worry about my kids’ safety now,” said Thomas.

Jackson said their hands are tied by the ordinances on the book.

“We’re always trying to look at the ordinances and make them better,” said Jackson.

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